My must-have facial masks | A guide for all skin types and budgets

Friday 18 August 2017

Ahh I do love masks.. no, not the scary things we see on Halloween - I'm talking about face masks and masques! I love a good face mask, don't you? Sheet masks, night masks, clay masks and mud masks, the list is endless and in this post, I shall be talking you through my all-time-faves. In this post you'll find a mask for every budget, skin type and skin concern. Blemishes? I have you covered. Wrinkles? I have you covered. Hydration? I have you covered.. keep reading to discover the creme-de-la-creme of face masks!


Image Skincare Ageless Total Overnight Retinol Masque

RRP: £80.00 |
This overnight masque may be a tad pricey, but this product is amazing - mark my words! Retinol is a highly sought after anti-ageing skincare ingredient and is widely known as the best aid for most skin concerns. Although Retinol sounds brilliant, with other products that are currently on the market, there can be some setbacks: redness or peeling. But don't scroll away - this mask has NONE of these harsh side effects because it just contains only 3% Retinol, just enough to provide a high strength treatment with none of the setbacks! This is why the Image Skincare Ageless Total Overnight Retinol Masque is utterly amazing. The texture of this mask is silky smooth - as soon as I applied it for the first time, I could instantly feel the moisturisation benefits. It's such a gorgeous thick, silky formula that sinks into your skin in an instant and leaves it looking glowy and feeling super smooth.In the morning it's best to wash your face with tepid water before carrying out your morning skincare regime and applying makeup. This masque leaves my skin GLOWING from the inside out. The Retinol smooths my skin, prevents my skin from breaking out in nasty blemishes and leaves my skin tone looking even and more supple. I can't recommend this investment masque enough! Use 2-3 times per week for amazing results!

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Overnight Moisturising Mask

RRP: £29.50 |
I'm pretty new to the whole concept of overnight masks, let alone self tanning overnight masks! I never thought in a million years that a face mask could tan your face!? AND help with anti-ageing?! All in the small space of a nights sleep!? It's pretty damn amazing if you ask me. The Vita Liberata Self Tanning Overnight Mask is a godsend. If you're looking for glowing skin that feels firmer, plumper, more supple and looks sun kissed, then this miracle cult classic is definitely for you. I use this mask a few times a week to maintain a healthy glow and this works perfectly for me and fits into my regime like a dream. You're probably wondering how deep the tan is and to be quite honest with you, the tan isn't really deep at all, nor is it overly noticeable - this mask just gives you a beautiful, healthy glow that looks super natural and glowy.


Image Skincare Biomolecular Hydrating Recovery I Mask 

RRP: £9.00 |
I'm obsessed with sheet masks! Ever since I got into using Korean skincare and beauty last year - I've been besotted with all things KBeauty, especially sheet masks! The Image Skincare Biomolecular Hydrating Revovery I Mask is unique and different to all other sheet masks. This sheet mask is a hydrating hydrogel mask and infuses skin with a fusion of volcanic water, ginseng root extract, amino acids and antioxidents too. Ginseng is a powerful antioxident that has anti-ageing and anti-iflamatory benefits - perfect for skin prone to roseacea. The mask reduces wrinkles, hydrates skin deeply and brightens, lifts and rejuvenates.

Skin Republic Mask Hyaluronic Acid + Collagen

RRP: £4.99 |
Hyaluronic Acid is widely known and renowned for holding over 1000 times its own weight in water, which is why it's the perfect component in skincare - it ensures your skin soaks up and holds as much water as possible, which in turn means your skin is more hydrated therefore plumper and younger looking. This Skin Republic sheet mask leaves my skin feeling fuelled up with hydration and ready to face the world.. literally!

E.L.F. Hydrating Water Sheet Mask

RRP: £4.50 |
Hydrating sheet masks are perfect for supplying our skin with a 20 minute boost of nutrients and hydration, of course! The new e.l.f. skincare range (blog post coming soon on the full range) revolves around the entire concept of hydration and water. This beautiful Hydrating Water Sheet Mask works well before bed or as a morning pick me up - it's refreshing, hydrating and leaves my skin looking and feeling quenched.


Space Masks Relaxing Eye Mask

RRP: £15 for a box of 5 |
If you need a little bit of 'me time' then this mask if for you. Created with busy bees in mind, this gorgeous eye mask not only looks appealing, but feels amazing too! A self-heating eye mask that relaxes your eyes, mind and soul while transporting you to a different world, solar-system and universe! This clever self-heating mask heats up when the oxygen interacts with the Iron and Jasmine Essence, creating a warm out of this universe relaxing experience - perfect for a Friday un-winding evening or a Monday-i-wish-it-was-Friday-already-night!


Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask

RRP: £30 |
The Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask is my best friend at the moment - whether I'm combating a breakout, nursing a blemish or keeping my skin clear and spots a bay, this mask works wonders on my skin. You know when your skin is having one of those weeks? It's all red, super irritated, it breaks out even when you're looking after it and you've just had enough of it? Yeah - that's when my Clarins SOS Pure mask comes into play! This mask contains Alpine Willow Herb which is the perfect ingredient to calm your skin down and leave it feeling rebalanced. I usually leave this mask on for 15-20 minutes, then I cleanse my face and neck, pat dry and carry out the rest of my regime. The mask leaves my skin mattifyed, refreshed, rebalanced and toned (I love using this mask in the morning before makeup application if I have time, as it leaves my skin feeling so amazing, which works as a fabulous base for makeup).

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask

RRP: £16 |
Perfect for anybody who suffers with blemish prone skin, this gorgeous (amazing smelling) face mask works wonders on extremely bad breakouts. Where the Clarins face mask is perfect for calming the skin down when your breakouts aren't at their worst, The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask is perfect for when you have a really angry breakout that needs some serious help. Perfect for those of us who suffer with acne and angry spots, this amazing mask will calm down your skin, combat spots and clean out your pores.

Nip and Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask

RRP: £9.95 |
I was so nervous to use this mask due to the nature of it containing bee sting venom, but nonetheless I tried it and guess what!? I totally wish I didn't hesitate as much as I did. I started using this mask around 5 months ago and ever since, I've been hooked. Containing Bee Venom among many other amazing components, this lifting mask plumps your skin by imitating a bee sting - it sounds crazy, scary but honestly, it's bloody amazing!! I find this mask perfect for a Sunday afternoon pamper - I apply a thick layer, leave it on for an hour (it soaks in just like a moisturiser) and then I remove with my favourite cleanser at the moment (the DHC Facial Pore Wash). This mask smooths my skin, makes it feel and appear plumper and I also find that it keeps my skin clear and looking healthy. I really do love this mask!

Stay tuned on my social media platforms as I may be doing a giveaway of some of my favourite masks soon..

What masks do you use on a regular basis? And what masks from my faves above would you like to try? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. The Body Shop masks are so raved about but I haven't had a chance to try them out as yet. The Nip and Fab mask sounds weirdly amazing as I haven't heard anything else that has bee sting venom. The crazy things that work nowadays! xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

    1. They're so good - I absolutely adore them, The Body Shop masks are my absolute faves! - Mollie xx

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  3. I just use sheet masks and they are from Garnier, need to try different ones!

    Carolina's Makeup Life

    1. I still need to try those masks #badblogger lol!! Haha! - Mollie xx

  4. Great post hon. I love face masks, gotta try the body shop one. Also gunna check out the sheet masks. Xx

    1. I need to try the body shop mask too! It ticks all the boxes for me and loved the blog post mollie xx

    2. Thanks so much, Molly!! xxxx

      And you totally do, 'A Secret Whisper'!! xxx

      - Mollie xoxo

  5. Wow perfect guide to face masks, I really need to try so many I haven't, that Nip and Fab mask sounds amazing!! I have been using lots of sheet masks the last months and thank you for recommending some more!! x


    1. Thank yo so much, Yiota! So glad you enjoyed - Mollie xx

  6. I love face masks and I use them a lot! Need to check your picks!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    1. Thank you so much for reading - I love face masks too!! - Mollie xx

  7. Great selection of masks. You can never go wrong with a sheet mask and I find those Skin Republic ones really impressive. They have the under eye patches that really plump the area wonderfully xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Salma!! I adore under eye patches so will need to check them out! - Mollie xx

  8. I've never tried any overnight masks before they sound interesting though. Would love to try the retinol one :)
    Lucy xxx

    1. The Overnight Retinol mask is SO good! Keep your eyes on my social media pages for an upcoming giveaway! - Mollie xx

  9. I'm a huge fan of masks too - plumping and hydrating ones, charcoal ones and the little under eye patches. I've tried the Space Masks one as well and agree it's amazing. But I had no idea a self tanning overnight mask was a thing! I definitely need to look into that! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    1. Me too!! Overnight tanning masks are a godsend - you need to try them out! - Mollie xx

  10. I have never really tried masks but your picks sound so lovely! A self tanning overnight mask sounds amazing haha :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    1. The self tanning overnight mask is AMAZING!! - Mollie xx


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